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Press Release: Gay film star to speak in Croydon

For release: 29 January 2013

Michael Danvers-Walker in 1962The gay former film star Michael Danvers-Walker will be speaking in Croydon next week, as part of LGBT History Month (Lesbian, Gay Bisexual, Transgender). The meeting, 8pm on Tuesday 5th February, at the Spread Eagle in Katherine Street, is organised by CAGS (Croydon Area Gay Society). Michael will be speaking about his life and times, and also about his father, TV personality Bob Danvers-Walker, famous as the voice of Pathé newsreels in the 30s, 40s and 50s. Expect lots of amusing anecdotes.

Michael began his acting career with BBC radio in 1949 and worked for Forces Broadcasting in Egypt and Libya. In 1957 he received the Laurence Olivier Award, in the company of Vanessa Redgrave and Judi Dench. He joined the Old Vic, toured Russia and Poland, and worked at the Royal Court and the Chichester Festival with Laurence Olivier. He appeared in West End plays, TV, and films including Nightwatch. After a long West End success, he toured the Indian subcontinent and South Africa. In 1975 he become visiting Professor of Arts at the university of Utah, USA. In recent years, he has concentrated on writing plays, poetry and several novels – as yet unpublished!.

CAGS and other local LGBT organisations are putting on a full programme of LGBT History Month events throughout February: for the full list see the LGBT-Croydon website:

For more information about CAGS, see

For more information about LGBT History Month in the UK, see

For more about The Brief Encounter, CAGS' programme of bi-monthly open meetings, see


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